University of Iowa Children's Hospital is dedicated to meeting the health care needs of children and their families. Our staff members provide care across a full spectrum -- from health promotion and well child care to the crisis of traumatic injury and life-threatening illness, to birth defects, chronic illness, and developmental disabilities.
UI Children's Hospital is a 190-bed facility on the University of Iowa Health Care campus and is the region's largest children's hospital with the most comprehensive array of services. We provide care in 31 pediatric specialties, with more than 200 pediatric physicians and surgeons.
UI Children's Hospital is a leader in family-centered care, which includes the family as members of the multi-disciplinary care delivery team. We were the first hospital in Iowa to establish a Child Life Program to ease fears and anxieties of patients and families by promoting normal childhood activity and development during the child's stay in the hospital.
Our dedication to children and families dates to 1898 when University Hospital was founded. In 1919, a facility devoted to the care of children - Children's Hospital - opened as the first building constructed on the west campus of The University of Iowa.
Planning is under way to build a $270 million 371,600-square-foot UI Children's Hospital facility adjacent to UI Hospitals and Clinics. The 11-level structure will offer 195 beds, an increase from the 164 beds in the current UI Children's Hospital. There will also be eight pediatric operating rooms as well as features that focus on the needs of patients and their families. You can view a webcam of the construction progress here.